Quotations on Ego

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The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.
- Dean Acheson
(Keywords: Attention, Ego, Man, Public)

There are so many things to take into account - your ambition, your ego, the press, the consumers. You can never be sure that you'll be on top of the pile again.
- Giorgio Armani
(Keywords: Ambition, Ego, Press)

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Autobiography, Ego, Self)

In retrospect I realize that the threat was about ego rather than the validity of the music.
- David Baker
(Keywords: Music, Ego, Validity)

A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there's my personal favorite, the male ego.
- Roseanne Barr
(Keywords: Mom, Beer, Ego, Favorite, First)

If you're working out in front of a mirror and watching your muscles grow, your ego has reached a point where it is now eating itself. That's why I believe there should be a psychiatrist at every health club, so that when they see you doing this, they will take you away for a little chat.
- Lewis Black
(Keywords: Health, Eating, Ego, Now, Will)

My personal life is the same. At the end of the day, this is just a job. I love what I do, and it's a great job. But it's like my alter ego. There's Chris Brown the singer. And there's Christopher Brown, the down-home Tappahannock boy that plays video games and basketball and hangs out.
- Chris Brown
(Keywords: Life, Love, Basketball, Day, Ego, End, Games, Job)

Serial killers kill for the power and control they experience during the murders and for the added ego boost they get in the aftermath from community fears, media coverage, and the police investigations.
- Pat Brown
(Keywords: Experience, Power, Control, Community, Ego, Media, Police)

Well in the book Carrie was my alter ego. In real life, Sarah Jessica and I don't look anything alike. But people do say that we sound alike. Sarah Jessica is an adorable girl and she is very funny.
- Candace Bushnell
(Keywords: Funny, Life, People, Ego, Sound)

I love playing ego and insecurity combined.
- Jim Carrey
(Keywords: Love, Ego, Insecurity)

After years of doing it, you learn the difference between your ego and your opinion. When you're married you have to cut through that.
- Dan Castellaneta
(Keywords: Difference, Ego, Opinion, Years)

The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.
- Raymond Chandler
(Keywords: Artist, Ego, Man, Nothing)

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Cosmos, Ego, May, Self)

With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools.
- Glenn Close
(Keywords: Women, Being, Ego, Fools, Question, Reputation, Right, Temperament)

The excitement that you were feeling about a special, unique path for yourself as a woman is all part of your identification with and attachment to being female. And that's ultimately all ego.
- Andrew Cohen
(Keywords: Being, Ego, Excitement, Feeling, Woman)

But I think Barry Sonnenfeld let his ego go out of control. He told me in a meeting that he had to do something to make it his film.
- Robert Conrad
(Keywords: Control, Ego, Film, Meeting)

There's a little more ego involved in these jobs than people might realize.
- Walter Cronkite
(Keywords: People, Ego, Jobs)

We are constantly protecting the male ego, and it's a disservice to men. If a man has any sensitivity or intelligence, he wants to get the straight scoop from his girlfriend.
- Betty Dodson
(Keywords: Intelligence, Men, Girlfriend, Ego, Man, Sensitivity)

I have no ego investment in being on the air. I don't knock others for whom that kind of attention is like oxygen, but I don't miss anything about it.
- Hugh Downs
(Keywords: Attention, Being, Ego, Investment)

A lot of people have this ego need that makes them want to believe that Earth is the center of the universe and humans are the most important species, the supreme expression of creation.
- Ann Druyan
(Keywords: People, Creation, Earth, Ego, Expression, Universe, Want)

A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two.
- Will Eisner
(Keywords: Art, Belief, Ego, Key, Literary, Necessity, Thinking)

If I have enough ego to say I'm a writer, a director, a producer, and an actor, I should have the energy and the knowledge to write a scene for this great actor named Henry Fonda and direct him in it and have it work.
- Peter Fonda
(Keywords: Work, Knowledge, Actor, Ego, Energy, Writer)

The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
- Northrop Frye
(Keywords: Beauty, Truth, Ego, Goodness, Nonsense, Pursuit, Temptation)

I was a bit worried coming back to the Premiership from America, but I have been pleased with my form, and the interest I have received has been good for my ego. I have no worries about my fitness, and I am really looking forward to the season starting now.
- Richard Gough
(Keywords: Fitness, America, Ego, Interest, Now)

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego.
- Alec Guinness
(Keywords: Actor, Appearance, Ego, Intellect, Judgment, Personality)

It's very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you're always fighting is ego.
- Taylor Hackford
(Keywords: Choices, Ego, Fighting)

Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it's possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes - clashes of ego.
- Taylor Hackford
(Keywords: Time, People, Culture, Ego, Needs, Saying)

I hate acting when I see it. I don't want to feel it, I don't want to see it, I want to be taken away with the story - I don't want the actor's ego in front of me. That's what I try to live when I do the work.
- Rutger Hauer
(Keywords: Work, Acting, Actor, Ego, Hate, Want)

If you're in such a position of power and your ego is such that this is not possible, then its essential to have a small cadre of very bright, committed people who are questioning, exploring and understanding these emerging concepts.
- Dee Hock
(Keywords: Power, People, Ego, Questioning, Understanding)

It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego.
- Bell Hooks
(Keywords: Act, Ego, Past, Self, Want)

I'm not crazy about arenas just because I can sell them out. It doesn't do anything for my ego at all. I want to play places where people don't have to sit in the nosebleed seats and wonder what the hell is going on.
- Whitney Houston
(Keywords: People, Ego, Hell, Play, Want, Wonder)

The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.
- Muhammad Iqbal
(Keywords: God, Ego, Freedom)

A wrong concept misleads the understanding; a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Keywords: Deed, Ego, Man, May, Understanding, Wrong)

The ultimate purpose of religious life is to make this evolution move in a direction far more important to the destiny of the ego than the moral health of the social fabric which forms his present environment.
- Muhammed Iqbal
(Keywords: Health, Life, Purpose, Destiny, Direction, Ego, Environment, Evolution, Present, Religious)

The ego constantly competes with the spirit for control over your inner voice.
- Darren L. Johnson
(Keywords: Control, Ego, Spirit, Voice)

Anytime there is a struggle between doing what is actually right and doing what seems right, then your ego is interfering with your decision.
- Darren L. Johnson
(Keywords: Decision, Ego, Right, Struggle)

If you check your ego at the door when it comes to comedy, you've got a pretty good shot at making a great movie that you can commit yourself to, you can jump off the proverbial cliff with, and have a great time, and the audiences respond to that.
- Dwayne Johnson
(Keywords: Time, Audiences, Comedy, Ego, Pretty)

Without a sense of place the work is often reduced to a cry of voices in empty rooms, a literature of the self, at its best poetic music; at its worst a thin gruel of the ego.
- William Kennedy
(Keywords: Work, Music, Ego, Literature, Self, Sense)

Racing is a very selfish, self-centred, self-glorifying thing. My wife's life for 14 years was centered around me. It was all about me. It was all for my ego.
- Greg LeMond
(Keywords: Life, Wife, Ego, Racing, Self, Years)

Stupidity combined with arrogance and a huge ego will get you a long way.
- Chris Lowe
(Keywords: Arrogance, Ego, Stupidity, Will)

Let's face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?
- Bill Maher
(Keywords: God, Ego, Worship)

Show business is one of the few businesses that the devil will actually agree to own just a portion of your soul because he knows if you have a performer's ego you were probably working for him all along.
- Marc Maron
(Keywords: Business, Soul, Devil, Ego, Will)

The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it's total crap to pretend it's not.
- George Michael
(Keywords: Business, Ego, Self, Vanity)

In a novel, I could submerge my ego in a character's and let his perceptions take over.
- Elizabeth Moon
(Keywords: Character, Ego, Perceptions)

For me, I have no political ego in this thing with respect to any other leader and what they might feel is appropriate or necessary in what they're going to try to do... We need everybody on the front lines.
- Marc Morial
(Keywords: Leader, Ego, Respect)

It was important to have a similar energy in my performance. To make the character too different would have just been about my ego because it didn't need to be drastically different.
- Brandon Routh
(Keywords: Character, Performance, Ego, Energy)

Nobody ever said that growing old would be easy. Just having to hold the newspaper out in your forties and then hair growing out of unusual parts of your body in your fifties. It's tough on the ego.
- Geoffrey Rush
(Keywords: Body, Ego, Hair, Old)

That's the most beautiful thing that I like about boxing: you can take a punch. The biggest thing about taking a punch is your ego reacts and there's no better spiritual lesson than trying to not pay attention to your ego's reaction.
- David O. Russell
(Keywords: Attention, Ego, Spiritual, Trying)

I think any spiritual experience that's worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, 'If you're not laughing, then you're not getting it.'
- David O. Russell
(Keywords: Experience, Ego, Spiritual, Will, Zen)

That's what takes people out of the fight half the time. They get hit and half the reaction is your ego is saying, 'I cannot believe that person just lit me up - how humiliating.'
- David O. Russell
(Keywords: Time, People, Ego, Fight, Saying)



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